Answer: I'd venture that the cucumbers didn't receive the required amount of water while they were developing. Cucumbers are 98 percent water and without a constant source during maturation, they'll put all of the available resources into developing seed instead of plump fruit. Make sure your soil has lots of organic matter incorporated into it prior to planting. Compost, leaf mold or peat moss will help the soil retain moisture. Then water thoroughly throughout the growing season, especially as the fruits begin to develop. Following the above guidelines will help your cukes grow fat and sassy. Seeds have a tendency to develop hard coats when the fruit is overmature, so be sure to harvest at the right time, and harvest regularly to keep the plants producing new flowers and fruits. For pickling, harvest cukes when they're about 4 inches long. For slicing, harvest at 5-7 inches.
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